The Iowa Wesleyan baseball season is officially upon us, and the Tigers went 1-2 in their first three games of the season, splitting games agianst Robert Morris University-Peoria in Jacksonville, Illinois, falling 4-2 and winning 11-2. before dropping their game down south, 26-2 against Covenant College.
The Tigers had their chances in the season opener against RMU-Peoria. The Tigers trailed 2-0 after the first inning and 3-1 after two becfore the scoring slowed. The Tigers cut the lead to one run on an RBI single by Jack De Burgh in the fifth inning, but the Eagles tacked on one more in the bottom of the fifth to go back up by two runs.
Luis Ayesa picke dup the loss on the mound, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out five batters.
In game two in Jacksonville, IW exploded for a seven-run first inning. Nicholas Salas and Tavares Williams helped the Tigers get on top 3-0 with the first two home runs of the inning,a nd Michael Noonan delivered an early knock out punch by hammering a grand slam.
The Tigers led by double-digits later in the game, taking an 11-1 lead in the top of the sixth, and IW would get out of Jacksonville with a 1-1 record.
Cole Turman went a perfect 3-3 with three RBIs in the win. Noonan finished 2-4 with four RBIs. Williams as 2-4 with two RBIs and a team-leading three runs scored. Joseph Mitchell went 2-3, and Jacob Leanard was 2-5, giving the Tigers five players with two or more hits.
Everett Swinson earned the complete-game win, fiving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk over seven innings. He struck out six batters.
Things weren’t so bright for IW in their first game in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Covenant College scored 15 runs in the first four innnings to put the Tigers in a big hole early. IW answered with two runs in the fifth, but Covenant tacked on nine more in the fifth and two in the sixth.
The Tigers had five hits in the loss. Levi Avery was 1-1 with a solo homerun to lead the team. Turman was 1-2 with the team’s only other RBI. Minami Matsumoto, Jacob Leonard and Joseph Mitchell each had a hit.
IW used five different pitchers in the loss. Joseph Morrison picked up the loss, giving up eight runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks over 1.2 innigns, while striking out one batter.